Related Conditions


Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in which the joint’s cartilage breaks down, causing pain, stiffness, and limited use of those joints.  Pain results from inflammation, which can be treated, and joint damage, which cannot be treated with medication.

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Mayo Clinic Osteoarthritis Section


Polymyositis is a treatable disease in which the muscles become weak.

Mayo Clinic Polymyositis Section
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Vasculitis causes inflammation of the blood vessels.  It can be mild or serious.  Effective treatment is generally available.

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Mayo Clinic Raynaud’s Disease Section


Scleroderma is a disease in which the skin thickens and hardens.  It commonly affects the lungs and may affect other organs.

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Mayo Clinic Scleroderma Section

Sjogren’s Syndrome

Sjogren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that causes dry eyes and dry mouth.

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Mayo Clinic Sjogren’s Syndrome Section